Wool itself is a natural fiber that is obtained from sheep and other animals throughout the world. That’s why cleaning a wool area rug requires particular techniques.
We wanted to title this article “The care and feeding of your pet rug”, because honestly, there are times when you find yourself walking around with little shed-fibres stuck to your black pants, and it feels like you’ve added a new fur baby to the family. Does that mean a switch to synthetic area rugs only? Of course not! What is does mean, is that like a pet, your wool rug may need special care.
As wall-to-wall carpeting has fallen out of favour, area rugs remain in vogue. Even people who love hardwood flooring or laminate usually add an area rug or two. They’re great for giving the little ones a soft place to play, add texture and colour to your home’s décor and are an incredible asset when you need help defining an open-concept space.
Caring for Your Wool Rug
Chances are, if you’ve purchased a wool rug rather than a synthetic, you already know the advantages of selecting a natural fibre. They are warm and soft underfoot, flame resistant, long lasting, and since wool is a renewable fibre, they are considered environmentally friendly. That said, since a wool rug sheds, it also tends to require more care than a synthetic rug.
Before we start talking about how to reduce the shedding, you should know that most wool rugs shed. Some rugs shed more than others, or for a longer span of time. Here are some ways to fight the fluff: